By Ginger Jarvis
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Madison’s yard-sale fanatics may now sell to their hearts’ content. By action of the city commissioners at their regular meeting on October 11, the old garage-sale ordinance has been repealed.
The board voted unanimously to cancel all regulations, time limitations, permits, and fees relating to yard/garage sales. Mayor Jim Catron said, “They can have a sale at any time.”
Commissioner Jim Stanley said, “I have spoken with our business owners. They say in these economic times, people can make money this way.”
In other business, Commissioner Judy Townsend suggested that the board take bids on the job of auditing the city’s books. “We have local firms that could do the job,” she said. “I would like to open it up.”
City Clerk Lee Anne Hall reported that the firm presently doing the audit has held the job for at least 16 years. Originally from Perry, that firm has moved.
The commissioners voted unanimously to take bids on the audit for the 2012-2015 fiscal years. Hall and City Attorney Clay Schnitker will present bidding details later.
Chamber of Commerce Director Cindy Vees announced that the Chamber is hosting a Veterans’ Day Parade on Friday, November 11. She said there will be no events on the following Saturday.
Vees also reported that the Kiwanis Club is hosting “Light Up Madison” on Saturday, December 3. The Chamber will hold its annual Chili Cook-off on that day; the lighting will take place at 6 p.m. Organizations planning to have a tree in the event may contact the Chamber.
She also announced that the Madison County School District is presenting an anti-bullying campaign featuring a Run, Walk, and Roll Against Bullying race and a Family Fun Day on Saturday, October 29, from 9 a.m. through noon downtown. They will set up an information booth, and special speakers will include a former bully and his target.
The commissioners voted to leave the trees on Hancock Street since they are live trees on city property. Cary Hardee had lodged a complaint that his employees’ vehicles were being damaged by limbs and pine cones from the trees. However, former City Manager Harold Emrich said, “People who park there are on city property. Stanley added, “That is not a parking place.”
The board instructed Schnitker to send a letter to Hardee informing him of their decision to take no action.